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  • Gunman standoff ends peacefully

    A gun-wielding man made an extra-long day for some students and caused tense moments for parents at two Spokane Valley schools, but a hostage negotiator ended the three-hour standoff without …


  • Doug Clark: What does it take to can a cop?

    I’m hotter than a car hood baking under a July sun over the rehiring of Travis Smith, that disgrace of a deputy who was rightly canned last year by Spokane …


  • Small towns struggle to pay rising sheriff’s bill

    The arrival of the bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office can be an annual occurrence of heartburn for some small towns in south Spokane County that contract with the …


  • County open to police-sheriff’s agency

    Spokane County commissioners this week said they are open to the possibility of combining city and county law enforcement agencies. Commissioners Al French, Todd Mielke and Mark Richard sent a …


  • County leaders open to merging police forces

    Spokane County Commissioners this week said they are open to the possibility of combining city and county law enforcement agencies.


  • Creach family files civil rights lawsuit

    The family of a Spokane Valley pastor killed last year by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday by the family of Pastor …


  • Sheriff offers to lead SPD

    The search to replace Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Knezovich confirmed Thursday that he’s willing to …


  • Knezovich offers to lead Spokane Police Department

    The search to replace Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.


  • Park budget restores center funds

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and a large group of seniors and youth advocates warned the Spokane Park Board on Tuesday to think twice before slashing the budgets of youth …


  • Sheriff working to upgrade fleet

    Spokane County is upgrading its “navy.” County commissioners agreed last week to buy a 19-foot Custom Weld jet boat that Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says is part of a stepped-up effort …


  • Creach family files $15 million claim against county

    The family of slain Spokane Valley pastor Wayne Scott Creach has filed a $14.7 million wrongful death claim against Spokane County, which is a necessary prelude to filing a civil …


  • State’s foster care system discharges ill-equipped young adults

    On his 18th birthday, a boy with a history of behavioral health problems was turned out of the Spokane group home where he had spent the previous two and a …


  • Deputy cleared in Creach shooting

    The Spokane County sheriff’s deputy who shot a 74-year-old Spokane Valley pastor last year will face no disciplinary action over the fatal encounter. Deputy Brian Hirzel followed all departmental policies …


  • ‘Sovereigns’ gaining attention in Spokane area

    Deputies were prepared for the worst as they stood by in a Spokane County courtroom earlier this month during routine hearings for mostly low-level felonies. Their focus was on one …


  • Sheriff argues for supplies

    Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich gave county commissioners a $372,631 list of equipment and software Tuesday that he’d like to buy with county reserves. Commissioners took no action, but agreed to discuss …


  • State inmates evicted in a rift over county rate

    The Spokane County Jail will quit housing state prisoners next month in a dispute over payment. State officials refuse to pay the new $125-a-day rate the county charges Spokane and …


  • Corrections buildings traced back to Air Force

    People who want to replace the Geiger Corrections Center will have to quit referring to it as “old World War II Army barracks.” Actually, the buildings are old Cold War-era …


  • Creaches want all cars marked

    No one has lost more from the August shooting that killed a Spokane Valley pastor than Imogene Creach. The widow of 74-year-old Wayne Scott Creach stood among family members Wednesday …


  • Panels find Creach shooting reasonable

    Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Hirzel acted “in a reasonable manner” when he fatally shot a 74-year-old pastor last summer in Spokane Valley, two departmental reviews have concluded. “Deputy Brian …


  • Law agencies see benefit of cameras

    For police agencies, cameras that record officer encounters with the public can help prove suspects are guilty and set the record straight if officers are wrongly accused of misconduct. “It …


  • Police chief, sheriff open to jury inquests

    Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick endorses conducting jury inquests into cases where someone dies while in contact with law enforcement, but she cautions, “Our politics in this community does not.” …


  • Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for bad behavior

    A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was fired Jan. 24 after multiple investigations into allegations of criminal misconduct and poor work performance revealed a pattern of bad behavior. “If you’re a …


  • Spokane sheriff’s deputy fired for bad behavior

    A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy was fired Jan. 24 after multiple investigations into allegations of criminal misconduct and poor work performance revealed a pattern of bad behavior.


  • March organizer urges dialogue

    An organizer of Spokane’s annual march commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. criticized community leaders Tuesday for not opening an honest dialogue about race issues after last month’s march was targeted …


  • Sheriff critical; S-R stands behind story

    Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confirmed Wednesday for the second time in two days that chemicals were mixed with shrapnel in a bomb that was placed along the Unity March …


  • Sheriff’s detective cleared of using excessive force

    A jury Wednesday exonerated a Spokane County sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that …


  • Sheriff caps policing fee increase for south Spokane County

    Every year the small towns in southern Spokane County get a bill from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office to cover the cost of deputies responding to calls. The cost usually …


  • King Day bomb had chemical component

    A bomb maker mixed chemicals with shrapnel in what law enforcement officials say was a weapon designed to inflict maximum injuries during last week’s Martin Luther King Jr. march in …


  • MLK bomb laced with chemical, sources say

    A bomb maker mixed chemicals with shrapnel in what law enforcement officials say was a weapon designed to inflict maximum injuries during last week’s Martin Luther King Jr. march in …


  • Leaders, residents discuss violence in the community

    The Spokane-area community gathered Saturday morning to discuss the attempted bombing along the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Jan. 17. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and state Rep. …

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